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Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism - Haideh Moghissi

Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism

Paperback Published: 29th October 1999
ISBN: 9781856495905
Number Of Pages: 176

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A highly controversial intervention into the debate on postmodernism and feminism, this book looks at what happens when these modes of analysis are jointly employed to illuminate the sexual politics of Islam.

As a religion, Islam has been demonized for its gender practices like no other. This book analyzes that Orientalism, with particular reference to representations of Muslim women and describes the real sexual politics of Islam. The author goes on to describe the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's response to it. She argues that regardless of the sophisticated argument of postmodernists and their suspicion of power, as an intellectual and political movement postmodernism has put itself in the service of power and the status quo. Moghissi brilliantly demonstrates how this trend has given rise to a neo-conservative feminism.

A major feminist critique of Islamic fundamentalism, this book asks some hard questions of those who, in denouncing the racism of Western feminism, have taken up an uncritical embrace of the Islamic identity of Muslim women. It is urgent reading for all those concerned about human rights, as well as for students and academics of women's studies, political science, social theory and religious studies.

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Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Oriental Sexuality: Imagined and Realp. 13
Muslim Women Imaginedp. 13
The Islamic Concept of Sexualityp. 20
From Orientalism to Islamic Feminismp. 32
A Breakthrough in Studies of Gender and Islamp. 35
The Construction of a New 'Muslim Woman'p. 38
The Veil as a Tool of Empowerment?p. 42
Postmodern Relativism and the Politics of Cultural Differencep. 49
The Postmodern Framep. 50
Rethinking Modernity in the Middle East?p. 53
Islamic Fundamentalism and its Nostalgic Accomplicep. 64
Islamic Fundamentalism Definedp. 65
The Marriage of Premodern and Postmodern Outlooksp. 73
Women, Modernity and Social Changep. 78
Mystification of 'Islamic Traditions'p. 85
Feminism Revisitedp. 93
Fundamentalists in Power: Conflict and Compromisep. 98
The Islamization Projectp. 100
Women's Legal Rights in the Familyp. 104
The Law of Retributionp. 109
Paid Work as a Terrain of Contestationp. 111
Resistance to the Islamization Projectp. 117
Islamic Feminism and its Discontentsp. 125
'Muslim' Feminism and Gender Activismp. 134
Silencing the Secular Voicesp. 139
Referencesp. 149
Indexp. 160
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ISBN: 9781856495905
ISBN-10: 1856495906
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 29th October 1999
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1